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niello

[nee-el-oh] /niˈɛl oʊ/
noun, plural nielli
[nee-el-ee] /niˈɛl i/ (Show IPA)
1.
a black metallic substance, consisting of silver, copper, lead, and sulfur, with which an incised design or ground is filled to produce an ornamental effect on metal.
2.
ornamental work so produced.
3.
a specimen of such work.
4.
a print on paper made from an incised metal plate before the application of niello and associated especially with 15th-century Italy.
verb (used with object), nielloed, nielloing.
5.
to decorate by means of niello; treat with niello or by the niello process.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Italian < Latin nigellus blackish, diminutive of niger black
Related forms
niellist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nielli

niello

/nɪˈɛləʊ/
noun (pl) -li (-lɪ), -los
1.
a black compound of sulphur and silver, lead, or copper used to incise a design on a metal surface
2.
the process of decorating surfaces with niello
3.
a surface or object decorated with niello
verb -los, -loing, -loed
4.
(transitive) to decorate or treat with niello
Derived Forms
niellist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Italian from Latin nigellus blackish, from niger black
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